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 Ralph Everett Hutchison

Ralph Everett Hutchison

Pawnee, Pawnee County, Oklahoma, USA
Death 3 Apr 1993 (aged 84)
Siesta Key, Sarasota County, Florida, USA
Burial Bethlehem, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, USA
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Memorial ID 59001071 · View Source
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Classen High School class of 1926----All State Football Team at Quarterback--Started in golf working for "Wee" Bobby Cruickshank, and Ed Dudley, all at Oklahoma City CC. He later joined Ed Dudley at Hollywood CC (Ventura Boulevard and Coldwater Canyon Boulevard, North Hollywood, California---club ceased to exist in 1938). ---Ed Dudley's assistant at Concord CC and Philadelphia CC----in the winter worked for Tommy Armour in Boca Raton, FL---First assistant at Augusta National to Ed Dudley 1932-1935---Hired by Eugene Gifford Grace, Chairman of Board of the Bethehem Steel Corporation, in 1935 to become head pro at Saucon Valley CC--retired in 1985----Quarter Finalists in 1945 PGA Chanpionship, defeated by Claude Harmon---Played in 1946 Masters---1947 thru 1972 announcer in the 18th green at the Masters---announcer on 18th green at 15 USGA Opens---winter 1935 thru 1959 at the Palmetto Golf Club--winters 1960-1975 as head professional at Cotton Bay Club, Rock Sound, Eleuthera, Bahama Islands. Hired by Juan Trippe, founder and CEO of Pan American World Airways.

Ralph started caddying and playing golf when he was 9 years old at Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club. His older brother Willard was an assistant professional at the club and learned golf from Sandy Baxter. "Wee" Bobby Cruickshank was the head professional and taught Ralph some of the rudiments of the game. Ed Dudley succeeded Bobby Cruickshank as the head pro.

Ralph was still wrapped up with golf and when Ed Dudley left Oklahoma to go to Hollywood, California, Ralph left his native Oklahoma to continue his study of the game under Big Ed's tutelage. "Hutch" did not give up school when he arrived in California. He was also an excellent football player. He matriculated to the University of Southern California and performed brilliantly on the gridiron as a freshman before an injury cut short his football career.

Hutch became a member of the Hollywood Country Club. He patterned his game as much as possible after Dudley's game. Big Ed saw to it that the individual fine points of Hutch's game were brought out. Ralph became quite a "boy sensation" in the Pacific Coast golf.

When he was only eighteen, he was presented with a complimentary membership in the El Caballero Country Club because he had paired with Olin Dutra, 1935 Open Champion, to win a pro-amateur tournament with 136.

Ralph played No. 3 on the California Country Club eight man team which won the state championship in 1929. The same year he was the medalist in the Lakeside Invitation with a 73 and reached the finals in the match play championship. Also, in the Southern Amateur Championship qualifying rounds he was second with 144, and in the 1929 San Bernardino Open he was the low amateur, finishing ahead of George Von Elm. In 1930, he was the victor in the Ojai Valley Invitational.

Bio by: John Hutchison



  • Maintained by: John Hutchison
  • Originally Created by: Tom Myers
  • Added: 21 Sep 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 59001071
  • John Hutchison
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ralph Everett Hutchison (1 Dec 1908–3 Apr 1993), Find A Grave Memorial no. 59001071, citing Nisky Hill Cemetery, Bethlehem, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by John Hutchison (contributor 47818173) .